If you are not familiar with Stitch Fix, here’s the deal: Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service. You can subscribe for regular Fixes or just schedule them as you like. You fill out an extensive online profile of your tastes, sizes, and budget preferences and for a $20 fee, one of their stylist puts together a box of 5 clothing and accessory items to ship right to your door! You have 3 days to try things on, solicit opinions, balance your budget, whatever — you send back anything that doesn’t work for you in a prepaid envelope, and keep whatever you love! Your $20 styling fee is applied to anything you decide to keep, and if you buy the whole box of items you get 25% off the entire box! Prices vary but they say the average cost per item is $55 – 65. If you haven’t ever tried it and are interested, please consider using my referral link. If you use my link to schedule a Fix, I get a $25 credit towards my next purchase! (Note that I do not receive any compensation for reviewing this service; I just enjoy doing it).
Well I came home from Mexico just in time to get a new Fix! We had an incredibly relaxing vacation, and I came back rebooted and ready to dive back into some good old-fashioned self-care. I feel like I need to confess an indiscretion, though — the morning we left the resort, I availed myself of the bathroom scale. I rationalized this because I knew that upon our return I would be restarting my workout routine and I wanted to know the number I needed to put into the profile. It’s a pretty crappy rationalization because no one in the world ever sees that number but me, so I could put in 8,000 for all the difference it makes to anything. Of course, the number I saw on the scale had the incredibly predictable effect of making me feel bad about myself and thinking, was dieting really so bad? (Hint: it was). If I hadn’t read Sarai Walker’s excellent book Dietland while I was on vacation, I might have had a harder time getting past my slip up than I did. While we are making efforts to eat better (i.e., less like grieving people and more like health-conscious humans) and exercise more, I’m still committed to not-dieting.
So the big deal about Fix #24 is that my beloved stylist Lauren was ALSO on what has to be a very well-deserved vacation. The bouncy and upbeat Ella took her place for this Fix, and while some of the pieces were fairly off-the-mark, it was still a lot of fun and I found one piece that maybe wouldn’t have gotten sent to me otherwise that I love. Without further ado, onto the Fix reveal!
Cesar Lace Detail Top by Hem & Thread ($48). Oh wow do I hate this top. If I didn’t already know that I am not a “romantic” style girl, that giant lace panel down the back of this otherwise adorable plaid tab-sleeved button-down would have put the nail in that coffin. Several folks on the FB discussion group Liked this blouse, but the consensus among those who know me was that this was a wild miss. I love the plaid, but the shirt was simply split down the back to incorporate that lace triangle, as if the shirt needed to a maternity conversion. Perhaps for someone else, but not for me! To be fair, I did include a line in my Note to Stylist about avoiding anything too fitted as I recover from the indulgences of the resort, but since this Fix also two very fitted items, I can’t think this was intended to address that request. Verdict: Returned (and how!)
Darcy Weave Jersey T-Shirt Dress by Pixley ($68). Now, I don’t know why you’d take this perfectly cute and comfy fitted t-shirt dress and go and put in this lumpy weave thing that turns every curve of your body into an (unflattering) optical illusion. This dress also prompted a note in feedback about preferring sleeves, or 3/4- or longer sleeves. These aren’t too offensive, but they still (say it with me now) look to me like they’ve been shrunk in the wash. I liked this dress, I really did, but I can’t justify its purchase when I’m unsure if I’d be comfortable wearing it all day and making constant tiny adjustments to how it lays. I also think it’s a bit on the juvenile side, for me, at least, and I’m more interested in dresses that have cleaner lines and feel more elegant and sophisticated. Verdict: Returned.
Edeline Dress by THML ($78). Speaking of clean lines, here’s the Edeline shift dress from THML! This is the one that I think Lauren might not have sent me for being too BoHo, but I actually really love it. I’m devastated that it didn’t arrive before my vacation (because I would have worn it constantly and my suitcase would have had like, three fewer dresses in it!), but I’m confident I’ll still want to wear it next year. It’s extremely short, so it doesn’t meet my threshold for versatility, but I don’t have anything else like it in my closet and I do really love it. Verdict: Kept!
Miriam Fringe Hem Top by Papermoon ($48). This shirt is way too hippy-dippy for me, though I did think the fringe detail was cute. Combined with the poofy sleeves though, I had to pass — especially since I really wanted it to be at least three inches longer than it was (the shirt, not the fringe). I couldn’t see myself ever choosing this top over the black dolman that I love, so it was easy to pass. Verdict: Returned
Christiana Printed Pencil Skirt by Margaret M ($78). Last but not least, another Margaret M pencil skirt! I decided to keep this one even though it means I need to purge at least one, probably two, but that’s okay, as I’ve been keeping track of what I’ve worn and what I haven’t and there are a couple whose time has come. While I preferred the solid color of the Margaret M Francesca skirt Lauren sent me last time, this particular design did not require me to put the skirt on over my head (big plus there). 🙂 However, I want to note that the last Christiana skirt I got by Margaret M has two wonderful and discrete stretchy side panels that make it a cinch to pull on and off without distorting the shape of the skirt or the way it lays — while this version has more stretch than the Francesca, it doesn’t have those little panels. I miss them, but decided to go for this skirt anyway. Verdict: Kept!
So that’s 2 out of 5 for guest stylist Ella, and my Fix was essentially free this time due to accumulated referral and birthday gift credits, with plenty leftover for next Fix. My note to Lauren (after welcoming her back) requests tops to pair with my new pencil skirt, work-appropriate wear, bright colors, and maybe some denim. I also asked her to not shy away from different cuts for skirts, dresses, jeans, and pants than what I’ve already received. I tend to shy away from making too many requests because their inventory has disappointed me in the past, but then I also figure if I were a stylist? After 24 Fixes I’d love some ideas for what I’m looking for. Until next time, I hope you’re all enjoying every sandwich and soaking in the sunshine.